Paxton pitches sixth no-hitter in Mariners' history

Posted May 09, 2018

James Paxton put on a dominant performance against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night as the Canadian threw the sixth no-hitter in Mariners history. Josh Donaldson's groundout ended the contest after Paxton induced a flyout from Anthony Alford on the first pitch and struck out Teoscar Hernandez in three pitches. Center fielder Dee Gordon made some great catchers, and third baseman Kyle Seager made a great diving stop at third to save the no-hit bid.

Catcher Russell Martin sent Paxton's 95 miles per hour a long way.

Paxton, who's from British Columbia, pointed to a giant tattoo on his right forearm of a maple leaf - a national symbol of Canada - as he celebrated to a standing ovation at Rogers Centre. He has now thrown 16 shutout outings across his last two starts and is second in the American League with 67 strikeouts on the season.

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The Mariners made some fantastic defensive plays behind Paxton.

I have to say I don't know what to expect from LeBlanc but if Garcia throws as he has I prefer the Mariners... Adrenaline was no doubt surging through Paxton's system tonight, but his fast work and his willingness to rely on his defense rather than strike out a dozen or more guys certainly helped. His second-to-last pitch clocked in on the Rogers Centre gun at 100 m.p.h.

Mariners history too. It was the sixth no-hitter for the franchise and fifth by an individual pitcher. He comes in with a 3.57 ERA in six appearances and one start this season.

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This is now two very impressive starts in a row for Paxton. A very good pitch.

Healy pumped his fist after catching Seager's throw, and the Mariners streamed out of the dugout, dousing their pitcher with a cooler as the crowd of 20,513 cheered.

It's the third no-hitter of 2018, joining Sean Manaea of the A's and the Dodgers' combined no-hitter in Mexico just a few days ago.

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"That last inning was just a lot of fastballs". And if you can't keep track of all the no-hitters, that's understandable. It was also still the first inning, rather than after a complete-game performance, but the Orioles could hardly have yanked him soon enough.